What is the role of MRI and SPECT in the workup of metatarsal stress fractures?

Updated: Jan 16, 2019
  • Author: Valerie E Cothran, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) [18, 19, 20] : These modalities may also be used to image stress fractures; however, MRI has become the study of choice because it has the same sensitivity as a bone scan but with a much higher specificity. Additionally, MRI does not require ionizing radiation.


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